Something You Should Know about Business Strategy

Elements Of Innovation

April 21, 2016


Interview with Hal Gregersen, co-author of the book The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators




Mike Carruthers:
One way to discover how great innovators create their ideas is to ask them.


Hal Gregersen:
So we met with people like Jeff Bezos at Amazon and asked how did he get this great idea that turned into a company called Amazon.

Hal Gregersen

Getting Important Things Done

April 18, 2016


Interview with Charles Duhigg, author of the book Smarter, Faster, Better




Mike Carruthers:
You know those people who seem to get more done in a day than you do – how do you they do it?
 It starts with your to-do list.


Charles Duhigg:
The way I used to write to-do lists is I would sort of write just a list of tasks. And I’d put at the top of the page the easiest things right? Because it feels so good to sit down and kind of cross them off.

Charles Duhigg

Dealing With Interruptions

March 28, 2016


Interview with Doug Conant, author of the book TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments (J-B Warren Bennis Series)




Mike Carruthers:
Interruptions, you might consider them an unwanted nuisance but actually interruptions have become a big part of our day.


Doug Conant:
Basically the average knowledge worker is interrupted every 11 minutes by some interruption or another. Basically we’re living in the interruption age.

Douglas Conant

Key Ingredients For Success

March 24, 2016


Interview with Mary Spio, author of the book 7 Game Changing Traits For Uncommon Success




Mike Carruthers:
A good idea and lots of talent are both important for success but there’s more to it.


Mary Spio:
Everybody’s talented, everybody has a talent the world is full of talented people but without the hustle, without the hard work nothing happens – absolutely nothing happens.

Mary Spio

Finding Success Vs Meaning In Life

March 17, 2016


Interview with Kent Keith, author of the book Do It Anyway: Finding Personal Meaning and Deep Happiness by Living the Paradoxical Commandments




Mike Carruthers:
 Success is good. Everybody wants to be successful - but success isn't everything.


Kent Keith:
The search for success and the search for meaning are not the same search. There are just a lot of things that our society says are important, like power, wealth and fame. And it's not necessarily bad but it's not especially meaningful.


Kent Keith

Networking For Success

March 16, 2016


Interview with Ivan Misner, author of the book Avoiding The Networking Disconnect




Mike Carruthers:
Very often people go to conferences or networking events with the wrong mindset.


Ivan Misner:
First of all I think people use networking as the face-to-face cold calling opportunity. “Hi my names Ivan let’s do business”. And they go right into sales mode and I think that’s a huge mistake.

Ivan Misner

Your Next Great Idea


March 10, 2016


Interview with Andy Boynton, author of the book The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen




Mike Carruthers:
Of course it’s possible that a great idea can come as the result of ah ha moment, but most great ideas actually take a very different course.


Andy Boynton:
I think we know enough about innovation and studying innovation by now the best ideas are combinations of old ideas – and that it’s not the divine moment.

Andy Boynton

How We Learn Best

March 7, 2016


Interview with Donna “O” Johnson, Founder of Guaranteed 4.0




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to learn and retain information it helps to understand how our brains take it all in.


Donna “O” Johnson:
Everyone processes one chunk of information at a time, a chunk the latest research tells us is about 4 words.


Donna "O" Johnson

How Stories Persuade - Part 2

March 3, 2016


Interview with Carmine Gallo, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue




Mike Carruthers:
Telling a good story is a powerful way to connect with people and be persuasive for the simple reason that…


Carmine Gallo:
We want to do business with people we like. And stories do seem to be the one tool that will connect people to one another especially when it comes to persuasion or trying to get your idea across.

Carmine Gallo

How Stories Persuade

March 2, 2016


Interview with Carmine Gallo, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue




Mike Carruthers:
In trying to persuade someone or sell your ideas it’s tempting to use facts and figures but something else works much better – storytelling.


Carmine Gallo:
We’ve learned more in the last 10 years of how stories connect people to one another and how they can be used for persuasion than we’ve known in history.

Carmine Gallo

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